Six Years Ago Today

 In survivor series

On June 24, 2005, I was a just-turned 23 year old newlywed spending time with my husband and his family in Texas. I was also apparently in for the fight of my life, as that was the same day I received the call that I did, indeed, have non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I was shocked, scared, angry, and overwhelmed. I kept apologizing to my husband that he would have to walk through this with me. It felt surreal. It felt as if I was watching my life happen instead of actually being an active participant. I just kept thinking that this could not be happening to me.

But it was.

And here I am now, six years later, a just-turned 29 year old mother of two. Jason and I will celebrate 7 years of marriage later on this year, and we have the privilege of pastoring an amazing group of people each week at Access.

Here’s a little encouragement for you today: Never in a zillion years did I think about this day on that day. When we are in some of life’s scariest moments, we don’t see the way out. We don’t picture that life does go on after these horrible storms pass. But it does, and they do. I couldn’t imagine that day my life today, but God already knew exactly how I would spend it. He knew about Joey and Gavin and Access and, better still, He knows about all the days to come, as well.

Today I celebrate life. Today I humbly bow my head and thank God for the privilege of being able to live this life on earth for Him. Today I rejoice and cry and remember a God who held me in His arms while I underwent chemotherapy and fought cancer. Today I remember His goodness.

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